Millions of men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 continue to head to the plastic surgeon’s office to fix their flaws and achieve their ideal figure.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of people who are choosing to go under the knife has tripled since 1992 – and the numbers continue to increase steadily year after year. However, the baby boomer generation and Generation Y aren’t the only ones interested in the latest tummy tuck procedure, liposuction or breast implants. More teens are setting their sights on cosmetic surgery, and plastic surgeons are noticing that many are turning to breast augmentation and liposuction in order to achieve their ‘ideal.’
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the average age of patients interested in cosmetic or plastic surgery has dropped from 34 to 17 years. Nearly a quarter of a million cosmetic procedures were performed on patients under the age of 19 in 2007 alone, and many of the most coveted procedures included rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tucks.
Experts speculate that the increase in demand for certain procedures is largely a result of an image-obsessed society, pointing to the media and celebrities. Others say that this desire to change one’s appearance is simply rooted in low self-esteem. For teenagers, cosmetic surgery seems to be the ultimate fix that may help them gain more self-confidence and feel better about their looks.
Surgeons say that all teens still need to undergo a full consultation with a specialist to make sure they are in a good state of physical and mental health before they go under the knife. In some cases, the teen simply isn’t mature enough to handle the potential side effects and risks associated with the surgery, and may not have realistic goals about the outcome.